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Supriyo Sen's Wagah wins award at Berlin film fest

Indian documentary filmmaker Supriyo Sen's short film Wagah has won the 'Berlin Today Award' for being a "convincing manifesto" against man-made walls that divide humanity.

world Updated: Feb 10, 2009 09:13 IST

Indian documentary filmmaker Supriyo Sen's short film

Wagah

has won the 'Berlin Today Award' for being a "convincing manifesto" against man-made walls that divide humanity.

The 10-minute film depicts the retreat ceremony called "lowering of the flags" every evening at Wagah, at the international border between India and Pakistan.

Supriyo's film was termed "a convincing manifesto against any wall that divides people" by Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The Kolkata-born filmmaker has previously made award-winning documentaries like Wait Until Death (1994), Dream Of Hanif (1997), The Nest (2000) and Way Back Home (2003).

The theme of this year's Berlin Today competition was My Wall to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago.

The prize is given to a film made by members of the Berlin International Film Festival's Talent Campus, Berlinale's short film competition.

Berlinale topper Dieter Kosslick, jury member Wim Wenders, and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg CEO Kirsten Niehuus and Steinmeier were present at the sixth annual prize at the "Dine & Shine Talents Rendezvous with Berlinale Guests" event on Sunday.